Spurs Stay Calm Despite Situation
The Spurs are maddening. So patient. So poised. They thrive on the institutional knowledge of playing championship-level basketball for as long as some of you have been fans of the NBA.
So when the scoreboard read Clippers 40, Spurs 16 in the second quarter Saturday — and it wasn’t a glitch caused by overheating due to all the games being played in Staples Center this weekend — they did what the Spurs do. They kept at it, chipped away at the lead basket-by-basket, stop-by-stop.
It wasn’t perfect, but the Spurs still are in these playoffs.
The Spurs remained undefeated in the postseason with their 17th consecutive victory since April 11, coming back from a 24-point deficit and beating the Clippers 96-86 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
“Trying to stay cool and collected when things are going all different directions around you, you try to keep it even keel and you’re not affected by the goods and the bads as much,” the great Tim Duncan said. “It’s a great quality to have.”